Stems: simple, leafy. Leaves: linear, scattered or verticillate. Flowers: usually solitary, nodding, narrow-campanulate. Fruit: capsule membranaceous, oblong to subglobose, seeds numerous, horizontal, flat,in two rows in each cell.

The Fritillary is too well known to require much description, and this mountain species is particularly attractive with its large orange-yellow, nodding flowers, that are sometimes purplish, growing solitary at the top of the leafy stems, which spring from a scaly bulb. The leaves are flat, long and narrow, and the segments of the narrow-campanulate perianth are oblong-spatulate, obtuse and somewhat spreading. This is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the spring.